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Banning Anglo-Saxon

This is just sad. And I don’t mean the prospect of “academia” eliminating Anglo-Saxon as a category. I mean Tom Rowsell having a public meltdown, and using overwrought emotion, hyperbole, and ad hominem attacks to support his position — the very tactics he accuses his opponents of using. I would expect robust debate on a…

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Antinous the Gay God

Wikipedia says, “Antinous (also Antinoüs or Antinoös; Ancient Greek: Ἀντίνοος; 27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130) was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite or beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian.” The Temple of Antinous says, “Antinous is the God of all Gay people, he was a homosexual, and it is therefore our calling as gay…

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Beyond Nihilism

“In 2011, Dreyfus and Kelly published a book, All Things Shining, which explores how how notions of sacredness and meaning have evolved throughout the history of human culture. They set out to reconstruct this history because they’re worried bout its endpoint in our current era. ‘The world used to be, in its various forms, a…

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Odin vs Tyr

There’s this thing, Odin vs. Tyr. The short version is that Tyr’s name is cognate with the names of the sky gods in other Indo-European languages. *dyḗws ph₂tḗr (“Sky Father”) is the reconstructed name of the ancient Proto-Indo-European chief god. His cultural descendants include chief gods Zeus in Greece and Jupiter (Dieus-pater) in Rome. In…

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Viking Mortuary House

In popular imagination, the old Norse people sent their dead to the afterlife in boats. Sometimes the dead were buried in ships, sometimes buried in graves in the shape of a ship, or maybe had their corpses launched to sea in burning ships. But there were seemingly different customs in different families. Instead of sailing…

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Ancestors vs Location

A friend who knows my particular interests sent me a link to this interview with Ingrid Kincaid, “the Rune Woman”. I wish this channel were hosted on a platform that allowed bookmarking podcasts at a particular time stamp. The interesting stuff here begins about 47:30. I’d link to it if I could. Ingrid sees her…

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Indian Soul

Jung said American society should seek to take on “the soul of the Indian” to find true peace. Carl G. Jung, Civilization in Transition, vol. 10 of The Collected Works of Carl Jung (New York: Natheon, Bollingen Series 20, 1964), p. 49.

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Old Norse Soul

“Prior to the introduction of Christianity, Old Norse seems to have lacked a word meaning “soul” or “spirit” in the sense that it is used today.“ Jackson Crawford, “‘Soul’ and ‘Spirit’ in Old Norse“, YouTube (Oct. 5, 2019). I’ve never yet been able to wrap my mind around the complexities of fact and theory about…

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A Product of Your Culture

The short version — Nordic Journeys suggests Scandinavian Asatru is a spirituality while American Asatru is a religion. Nordic Journeys, “My understanding of European vs American Asatru“, YouTube (Jan. 15, 2017). The piece that interests me here is his idea that there is a difference of perspective between those who grew up in Scandinavia and…

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Warmed by the Sun

One of the things I enjoy about John Frawley is that he is connected philosophically to Neoplatonism, as of course a proper astrologer would be. Not for him the lightweight philosophy of modernism. In The Real Astrology Frawley says, “God too, from enfolding the cosmos, has been pushed out to some infinite distance, where He…